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in libya. reports coming in the military aircraft are firing of protesters in the capital of tripoli. dozens of people reported dead. europe response. the eu condemned the violence in libya and tells its citizens to geout of the country. >> oil prices hit 2.5-year highs as countries moved international staff out of libya. >> there are reports coming to us that military planes and helicopters around our five -- are not faring in the crowds of and that as government protesters in the libyan capital. libyan state television said a large-scale operation is now under way, aimed at what it calls pockets of terrorism. l phone connections to libya have been cut. we do know that at least 60 people are reported dead in tripoli, and muslim clerics are calling their followers to join the protesters. we begin our coverage with this report. >> a convoy of vehicles left tripoli traveling at high speed. eyewitnesses said members of gaddafi's close families -- close family were sitting in the suv's. unconfirmed reports say the libyan military has bombed crowds. the government controls the media, so t
out of libya. we want to go to moammar gadhafi's son right now on tlith. you're looking at him. let's listen in. >> translator: without a written piece of paper or written speech, i would like to speak to you in a classical arabic. today i will speak with you in libyan accent and i'll speak to you directly as one of the libyan people. and i will just improvise. none of the ideas will be prepared. it's a speech from the heart ndn the mind. let us start step by step how these events have started and then how they developed. we will know that the region is passing through an earthquake and a storm, a storm of development, change, democracy and liberalization, call it what you like. but this region is going through very big changes as we expected for a long time. this part of the world needs a lot of changes, which will either come from the governments and the regimes or from the people and this is what we saw in many arabic countries. and we all know and without any compliments of flattery these are difficult times, we need to be honest and the truth is important. today i will only say
the world, thank you so much for joining us. this is a cnn special report, "unrest in libya." i'm don lemon. >> and from cnn international, let's get right to it. >>> a violent crackdown tonight from libyan protesters demanding democracy. >> at least 200 people are dead as security forces try to quiet the streets, libya has banned journalists in the region. but information and video is leaking out from social media sites. these shots from tripoli were uploaded today on youtube, scenes of chaos in the streets, people setting fires. cnn can confirm the uprising in benghazi. although cnn doesn't confirm post, we cannot -- >> moammar gadhafi has spoken since these protests erupted and did appear on state run tv but we don't know when this was taped. a few hours ago, his son hit the air waves to defend his father's government. he accused outside forces with interfering with libya's affairs. i want you to play a part of that and take a listen. >> translator: many people living abroad have decided to use this to start a campaign in order for the country to reach the state that happened in tunisia
in northeastern libya used to house troops loyal to moammar gadhafi. it has fallen to those that have joined the rebellion. >> it seems with the rebellion inside the barracks plus the other people from outside of the perimeter, it was breached three nights ago. >> >> loyalists have been attacking civilians. this shows a hospital treating the wounded. some witnesses say that the city was attacked by rockets. hundreds are thought to have been killed or wounded in recent days. >> you see only destruction here. shootings, people, and fear. even doctors don't know how many people have been injured. -- shooting, dying people. >> the rebels have control of the border to egypt. the situation -- much of the rest of the country. there are reports of clashes and casualties in the area around tripoli and the west. many egyptians and other initiatives are trying to escape the fighting in libya. gadhafi are blaming them for importing the revolution to libya and are dealing with them restlessly -- ruthlessly. many people died and central tripoli, many people from tunisia and egypt. they just leave the woun
for libya. they urged u.n. member countries to freeze the assets of mr. gaddafi. they also issued a travel ban. this was on his family and people close to him. they additionally agreed to a -- to refer this deadly crackdown to a war crimes tribunal for investigation for possible crimes against humanity. the u.n. human rights council also condemned the actions against protesters. here's a portion of those remarks at the council meeting in geneva. libya. the >> mr. president, distinguished members of the human rights council, ladies and gentlemen, i commend the initiative ofthis council to hold a special session on human rights in secre united nations noted, the scale of the attacks on civilians are egregious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. he condemned them without qualification and stated that those responsible for brutally shedding the blood of innocents must be punished. let me remind this council that at the 2005 summit, world leaders unanimously agreed that each individual state has the responsibility to protect its population from crimes against
that this council to hold a special session on human rights in libya. the gravity of the situation and the violence of the repression and that country demands urgent attention. as the secretary general of the united nations noted, the scale of the attacks on civilians are egregious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. he condemned them without qualification and stated that those responsible for brutally shedding the blood of innocents must be punished. let me remind this council that at the 2005 summit, world leaders unanimously agreed that each individual state has the responsibility to protect its population from crimes against humanity and other international crimes. this responsibility entails the prevention of such crimes, including the incitement through appropriate and necessary means. when the state is manifestly failing to protect its population from serious international crime, the international community has the responsibility to step then by taking protective action in a collective and decisive manner. in its emergency session this week, the security council hi
, thanks very much. happening now, breaking news out of libya. after days of unrest, alarming reports of a deadly new crackdown. moammar gadhafi's regime fighting back at protesters, warning of civil war. some libyan officials now are turning against the strong man and even accusing him of genocide. >>> plus, the budget war in wisconsin. the governor taking a new swipe at public workers protesting a bill they call anti-union. is there any hope for a breakthrough? we're expecting to hear from the governor in about an hour. stand by for that. >>> and sex, lies and chemical weapons. a wife tries to poison her husband's lover and faces the kind of charges you might see leveled against a terrorist. now the u.s. supreme court is stepping in. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> the unrest sweeping the middle east and northern africa appears to be exploding right now in libya. we just received word from a top u.s. official that libya has used some kind of aircraft to attack protesters on the outskirts of tripoli. also, in new video, some of which is so hard to watch that we'
americans safe at last from the violence in libya. a charter ferry just arrived in malta carrying evacuees and the horror stories about move moammar gadhafi's crackdown. >>> the libyan leader is trying to show the world he's still in charge, even as the united states moves to slap him with some new sanctions. how much farther might the obama administration go to avoid more bloodshed, and a school district votes to fight almost every single teacher, 2,000 and all. drastic situations in the budget war. that and more in "the situation room." >>> right now we're getting new -- a new view into the protests and the violence in libya. several hundred people get off that u.s.-chartered ferry that just docked in malta a little while ago. a chartered aircraft also left libya today bound for turkey with americans on board. stand by for some of the terrifying stories they are now telling all of us. another late development, the united states says it's moving forward with sanctions against moammar gadhafi's regime. the u.s. embassy in libya already has been closed. a defiant gadhafi appearing in tripol
bones. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> tonight, libya. a country in turmoil. gadhafi's people rise up against him. his allies back away. >> the president is obviously concerned about the safety of american citizens. >> is the erratic strong man losing his grip? cnn is now inside the middle of this unprecedented upheaval. a country that suppressed journalists and its people with an iron fist until now. how will the fate of a dictator impact your world? >>> hello, and welcome to our viewers from around the world to cnn's special report on the uprising in libya. >> right now it is early sunday morning in libya in the capital, tripoli, an ominous silence. one man tells cnn he senses something big is going to happen. >> moammar gadhafi's son proclaims the protests have subsided and all libyan people are united behind the gadhafi regime. >> the u.n. security council approved a draft resolution to impose new sanctions about gadhafi's government. president barack obama says that gadhafi has lott the right to lead libya and needs to step down. >> gadhafi has defiantly stood his ground
this. join us at 7:00 p.m. eastern for that and a live report again from tripoli in libya. i'll see you then. >>> anti-government protesters now in control of some major libyan cities. cnn is inside the country following this historic revolt. and moammar gadhafi's brutal crackdown. the libyan leader is vowing to fight to the death to hold on to power. this hour, his threats, his rants and his strange behavior now and in the past. >>> and the world's oil supply at risk. what if the unrest spreading through the middle east explodes in saudi arabia? we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this vio
range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> lydia's -- libya's muammar gaddafi said he would rather die than give up power. >> iç will die a mortar at the end. >> there are fears of an all-out civil war. new zealand's darkest day. 75 people are confirmed dead in the christ church earthquake. dozens more are still trapped. ç>> welcome to "bbc world news" broadcast in the u.k. and around the world. having lost control of large parts of libya and protesters still calling for his overthrow, muammar gaddafi has given his first major speech since the demonstrations began. in a defiant television address, he vowed he would never stand down. çwe report on all the latest developments, but first to the east of the country. our correspondent is one of the first foreign journalists to enter the region. he sent this report. >> delirious scenes of joy in easternç libya where the opposition is in control. they are flying a new flag. they have even defaced muammar gaddafi's picture. this is frites libya. it is completely free here. there are no soldiers here. we
morgan tonight" starts right now. >>> tonight, chaos in libya. is strong man moammar gadhafi's regime about to come to a crashing end? his son remains defiant. >> we will never give up libya. we'll fight for the last inch to the last -- >> hundreds reported dead as unrest spreads. >> i think it's high time for the world to step in and tell this man to stop killing. >> what comes next? brutal crackdown? >> we are expecting real genocide in tripoli. >> or resolution? >> the libyan people have broken the fear. we will not back down. >> why this could be even more significant for the u.s. and for you for what happened in egypt. this, the special live edition of "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening. we start with breaking news tonight from new zealand where the city has been hit by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake with multiple fatalities. but first the latest from libya. it's difficult to be honest to know what happened there tonight. the mobile phones and the internets have been shut down or slowed down. but today libya's government released war planes and helicopter gun ships on people. >
>>shepard: first from fox at 3:00, the situation in libya is deteriorating. and rapidly. the united states announced it is suspending embassy operations. and new reports that cafe is slaughtering people in the streets and observers say he appears to be out of touch with the reality in his country and beyond. as the blood runs on the road he puts on another television show on the state-run television station saying "dance, sing, and be cheerful." vowing triumph over the anti-government protesters saying "we will fight them and kill them if they want." days of violence against demonstrators suggests he means to follow-through. and his former justice minister who stepped down warns that muammar qaddafi could use biological and chemical weapons against his own people. the capital city has been the primary stronghold for powers for decades and recently opposition forces have claimed more cities and more territories and much of the country's oil fields. we have reports the rebels have taken over tripoli but we cannot independently confirm that but it appears nothing has come without a fig
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> the battle for control of libya. demonstrators call for a surge in protests after friday prayers. colonel gaddafi tries to win over his people by raising wages and giving cash handouts. welcome to bbc news. our other main story. the ballot after the bailout. do any of the irish parties have the right recipe for recovery? and hope is dimming, but rescuers in new zealand continue to scour the rubble looking for earthquake survivors. >> the u.n. human right's council has been urged to use all means possible to stop muammar gaddafi's crackdown on protests in libya. the call came from the u.n. human rights commissioner. as the fighting continues across the country, colonel gaddafi has order cash handouts for every family in libya as he tries to cling on to power. later, the united nations security council will discuss possible sanctions including an armed embargo. in tripoli, protesters are being urged to take to the streets after friday prayers as they are in other parts of the arab world. let's get more now from david.
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now "bbc world news." >>> as libya's opposition takes on the gaddafi regime, hundreds have died in violence. president obama says it must and. >> suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and unacceptable. orders to peaceful protesters and punish those people of libya is also unacceptable. a >> thousands half lead. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast on pbs in america and around the globe. also, hundreds still missing and the search efforts continue following new zealand's powerful earthquake. >>> welcome. the crisis in libya is becoming increasingly volatile. there are reports of up to 600 dead and the army being used against its own people. thousands have fled the feared bloodbath. president obama has described the violence as outrageous. speaking in washington, he said his administration was looking at a full range of options for dealing with the crisis. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. the american people extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all who have been killed and injured. the suff
a strong message to gadhafi. the u.n. security council unanimously approved a resolution to slap libya with sanctions for its crackdown on protesters. >> jill, we're talking about sanctions here that actually have teeth not just gesture politics here, actual sanctions that say there are consequences for those associated with this regim regime. >> what it includes is arms embargo, asset freezes, travel bans on moammar gadhafi and on his associates and as the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said this will send a message directly to the libyan leade leader. here's what she said. >> tonight, the security council has come to condemn the violence, pursue accountability and adopt biding sanctions, targeting libya's repenting leadership. this is a clear warning to the libyan government that it must stop the killing. those who slaughter civilians will be held personally accountable. the international community will not tolerate violence of any sort against the libyan people by their government or security forces. >> and secretary of state hillary clinton has signed an order rev
. >>> on the broadcast here tonight, furious fight for control of libya. and gadhafi says he's not leaving. tonight, our own richard engel has made it inside libya. tonight, we'll look at the question a lot of americans are asking, what's all this going to do to gas prices? >>> earthquake, devastation this evening in new zealand. this is being called its darkest day. >>> cellhone risks. the debate over phones and brain tumors. what researchers found when they measured actual changes in the brain. >>> and new signs of trouble in the gulf. what is killing so many baby dolphins? >>> also here tonight, the uproar happening in wisconsin isn't staying in wisconsin. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, with fighting in the streets and his entire nation in play, moammar gadhafi made it clear, if he's going to be toppled after over 40 years in charge, he intends to go down fighting and die like a martyr. right now, tonight it looks like the fight for libya is devolving into a civil war. gadhafi went on libyan television today to deliver a speech that sounded
sanctions on libya. while the u.n. security council considers further measures. armed yourselves and fight for me, muammar qaddafi's message in tripoli. but qaddafi's opponents face protest until they're stopped in a hail of bullets. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. coming up later for you, on the coast of civil war, thousands of clashes between rival forces. as the recovery operation continues in new zealand, that submerged people from more than 20 countries died in the earthquake. in the past few hours the united states has imposed sanctions on libya, while the united nations is considering further action in response to the bloodshed in the country. president obama said the sanctions would target the assets of colonel qaddafi, members of his family and the libyan government while at the same time protect the interest of the libyan people. britain and france have drafted the u.n. security council resolution, which calls for an arms embargo as well as multilateral sanctions. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in new york.
in libya. we begin with ben wedemen of cnn who is a first western journalist to be in libya. >> there's nothing more dangerous than a cornered animal, and in this case a cornered dictator who has a long history of dealing ruthlessly with his opponents and now he is cornered by his opponents. you have seen these many days of demonstration against him in tripoli and other countries in the west and in addition to the eastern part of the country is simply completely beyond his control. >> we continue this evening with the prospective of two libyan americans. khaled mattawa and ali ahmida and joining me in the studio, charles maxwell with an observation on what the events in the middle east may have on oil prices. we conclude this evening with a foreign policy perspective from david miller from the international center for scholars. observations on the extraordinary events in libya, when we continue. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following: to further those connections. last year we took dozens of trips using membership rewards points to meet with the farmers that grow our s
. the son of libya's leader warns of civil war. we've got the latest from the north african nation. >>> the world's top finance ministers agree on an early warning system that could detect another economic crisis, but is it enough? >>> and the political standoff in ivory coast is putting more pressure on the country's banks. we'll find out how they're coping as union leaders search for solutions. >>> well, we start with the story that is dominating discourse all the way around the world, including on financial markets, and that is libya. the country is bracing itself for a seventh day of protests fueled by high unemployment and dissatisfaction above all with its long time leader moammar qadhafi. sporadic gunfire is reported across the nation. hospital sources tell cnn that more than 200 people have been killed in clashes with security forces. the protests spread on sunday. witnesses say demonstrators are already in control of the second largest city. meanwhile qadhafi's son appeared on tv sunday and warned of dire consequences for the libyan people. >> reporter: after days of killi
for scholars. observations on the extraordinary events in libya, when we continue. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following: to further those connections. last year we took dozens of trips using membership rewards points to meet with the farmers that grow our sweet potatoes and merchants that sell our product. we've gone from being in 5 stores to 7,500. booming is using points to make connections that grow your business. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: the situation in libya tonight looks increasingly unstable. large parts of the country appear to be held by opposition forces, the capital city of stipulately and southern libya remain under colonel gaddafi's control. tripoli's street has been described as a war zone. the interior minister resigned today. it's the latest in a string of detections. he announced he would join the opposition and urge the libyan army to support the protesters. colonel gaddafi said he would die a martyr in an angry and at times incoherent speech which lasted more than an ho
>>> on our broadcast tonight, free at last. americans finally out of libya, but gadhafi may be cornered. tonight our report from inside tripoli. >>> a wild ride and a dramatic end to one phase of the showdown in wisconsin, but it's not over yet. >>> making a difference, they are calling him the earthquake mayor. tonight we meet the man rallying a city that's been shaken to the core. >>> plus why the biggest name in beer stopped making beer today at one of its plants. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. what's happening tonight in libya is being called a deadly end game. gadhafi spoke again today, another strange speech. he threatened to turn his nation into a red flame. he promised to release the weapons in his arsenal to the rebels fighting for him. he also told people to dance and sing. the evacuation of americans is over. they got out safely today on a charter flight and a ferry boat. tonight most of them are there in malta. and for the first time we have someone inside tripoli in libya tonight, so we begin with the r
are the people of libya. if you do not love me anymore, then i do not want to live. >> the embattled strong ma failed to acknowledge that even tripoli was seeing heavy fighting. those lucky enough to escape the violence and cross the border to geneva have been telling of the atrocities they witnessed. -- cross the border to tripol -- >> the tanks passed by and fired over our heads. people blocked the road. they do not let you pass. there were foreign mercenaries. the people beating us are not libyan. >> in the east, the rebels are in control. thousands gathered for friday prayers in in gauzbengazi. the opposition has been calling for a million man march to oppose gaddafi. heavily damaged buildings show how intense the fighting was. the city hospitals are struggling to cope with the many injured in recent violence. even though many of the old symbols of power have been destroyed, many fear that gaddafi may make a final, desperate counterstrike. >> amateur videos of civilian protesters are managing to find their way out of libya on to the internet. we obtained these images purporting to show una
.m. on the east coast. i'm dawn lemon. protesters turn up the heat on the streets of libya. reports of gunfire and moammar gadhafi's son addresses the libyan people. also remember this former pentagon official discovered in a landfill? there's new information surrounding his death. susan candiotti spoke to his widow. we'll have a live report in just a few minutes. but first, we want to tell you about the big developments tonight in libya. we haven't heard a word from the country's longtime ruler since deadly protests erupted five days ago. but his son spoke just a short time ago. he warned the libyan people against taking up weapons against the government. now while he promised widespread reforms, he's also said that libya's army will restore security at any price. and he said he accused the international media of lying by reporting that hundreds had been killed in the unrest. and as he spoke, witnesses say angry demonstrations against moammar gadhafi are spreading into the capital of tripoli from the flash point city of ben benghazi. tell us what this means for the united states. and we -- at
is that they can clamp down on it, which is what they did. >> that's all for us tonight on a huge day in libya. the latest in the middle eastern countries to be engaged in what appears to be a revolution. now my colleague anderson cooper with ac 360. >>> thanks very much, we begin tonight with breaking news, death and disorder in libya. we have the first western correspondent on the ground inside libya. also an exclusive tonight with barbara walters. and we'll talk with a young woman trapped in tripoli, a libyan woman who is risking her life to talk to us, to tell you what she is seeing and what protesters want more than anything else itself. freedom, freedom from years of torture and tyranny. the gadhafi dictatorship appears to be growing down. you're going to see a lot of images like these tonight. wounded shot by snipers, secret police or by mercenaries. in the capital of tripoli, sustained gunfire can be heard in the streets. the victims, seems, ordinary libyans. the uprising into longer contained to eastern lib yarks it's nationwide. across the country some troops no longer following orde
of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> libya on the brink. the uprising spread to the capital. a sinister warning from the president's son. saif gaddafi warned that change must be excepted, or rivers of blood. >> be ready for separatism and civil war. forget oil and gas. forget these resources. get ready for chaos. >> welcome to gmt. i am george alagiah. also in the program, the death penalty confirmed. the sentence is upheld for the only surviving mumbai error attack gun man -- terror attacks gunman. gaga, having the biggest names in pop can work wonders for your cause. it is midday in london and two in the afternoon in the libyan capital of tripoli. the latest city to be caught up in the wave of rebellion. it's little wonder, perhaps that muammar gaddafi's son chose sunday night to raise the prospects of civil war and rivers flooding with blood. security forces were reported to be gunning down demonstrators even as he spoke. no word from the president himself. the streets from tripoli are quiet, but for how long? >> amateur video apparently showing anti-govern
will never give in. >> plan b is to live and die in libya. clancy is to live and die in libya. -- plan c is to live and die in libya. >> coming up later for you -- more footage of the terrifying moment a massive earthquake hits christchurch, new zealand. 200 people still remain unaccounted for. and back to where they met, britain oppose the royal couple returned to the university where their relationship began. coupleain's royal returned to the root university where their relationship began. the libyan leader muammar gaddafi has come out on the streets of tripoli to tell his supporters to arm themselves to defend libya and its oil. his speech came shortly after forces loyal to him opened fire against demonstrators in several parts of tripoli. the u.s. has imposed sanctions against libya, but early, colonel quaddafi's son went on tv to say that he and his father would never leave libya alive. we have a reporter in tripoli. >> in the open air, lines of people waiting for a flight home. some in bright visibility jackets seem to be in organized groups. others seem to be waiting a
and disorder in libya. we have the first western correspondent on the ground inside libya. also an exclusive tonight with barbara walters. she's interviewed moammar gadhafi several times. and we'll talk with a young woman trapped in tripoli, a libyan woman who is risking her life to talk to us, to tell you what she is seeing and what protesters want more than anything else itself. freedom, she says. freedom from years of torture and tyranny. the gadhafi dictatorship appears to be going down. but if it's going down, it's trying to take down as many people as possible with it. you're going to see a lot of images like these tonight. wounded shot by snipers, secret police or by mercenaries. in the capital of tripoli, sustained gunfire can be heard in the streets. the victims, seems, ordinary libyans. the uprising into longer contained to eastern libya, it's nationwide. across the country some troops no longer following orders from the government. they want no part of scenes like these. mercenaries, hired killers are taking their place, as members of the libyan military go over to the protester's
is out of play. >>> we begin in libya where leader muammar gadhafi is fighting to hold on to a shrinking power base. government security forces are still holding tripoli with firepower and fear. but the list of places they don't have is growing by the hour. several key cities close to the capital are reportedly in opposition hands. rebels claim that they hold benghazi, mizurata, and now azuia west of tripoli. the second, third, and third largest cities and a smaller town. in zawiya, 17 are dead after fierce clashes. pro-regime forces fired into the crowds carrying a body wrapped in white sheets. this is video from youtube. cnn can't confirm the authenticity, but the person who posted it said "these are pictures that were shot in zawiya." field doctors tell us they're worried the death toll will go up. they say around 150 people were injured. >>> in tripoli, eyewitnesses are telling us many people are staying inside their homes, not even going near the windows as armed security forces and mercenaries patrol the streets. one tripoli resident whose name we're not revealing for her own prote
." wolf? >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, libya's moammar gadhafi vows to fight to the death to hold on to power. he's now threatening to execute enemies as protesters and members of his own government are defying him in huge numbers. the u.s. is condemning violence against libyan protesters, but how far would and could the obama administration go to prevent a full fledged massacre? >>> and a powerful earthquake leaves one of new zealand's largest cities in ruins. dozens are dead, and more may be trapped under crumbled buildings and chunks of concrete. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we fin with a very, very real danger that anti-government protesters in libya could be slaughtered in huge numbers. the strong man moammar gadhafi making it clear today that he won't go down without a fight. eight days into the demonstrations against gadhafi's regime, at least one person in the libyan capital is reported hearing bullets are being fired non-stop. this is the picture gadhafi wants the world to see. we're told libyans were dragged into the street a
as libya's leader says he will armed supporters to defend the country. protesters gathered on the outskirts of tripoli and are fired on by government forces. >> i intend to live and die here. we will live and die for libya. we will live and die. >> welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america, also around the globe. coming up later for you -- more footage of the terrifying massive earthquake that hit christ church in new zealand. 200 remain unaccounted for. and back where they met, britain's royal couple returned to university where their relationship began. the anti-government demonstrations in libya are getting closer to the capital. protesters took the streets of tripoli but were fired on by a government militia. one eyewitness described the scene as a massacre with the sky raining bullets. earlier, colonel gaddafi's son went on tv to say he and his father would never leave libya alive. we have this from the border. >> this is the man at the center of the storm blowing through libya, colonel gaddafi, live on state tv this afternoon. as defiant as ever. >> he ca
and unrest continues in neighboring libya. west and east of the capital tripoli. an emergency meeting called the u.n. security council to discuss possible sanctions and an arms embargo. libyan leader colonel khadafy is still trying to win over the protesters -- offering them cash handouts and wages. hello, i am here in london -- >> welcome, i am here in london. also in the program -- footage of a terrifying moment to the massive earthquake hit christchurch, new zealand. how people living near the epicenter are coping. and it -- ♪ miami's new auditorium for young, talented musicians. >> it is 12:00 in london and 2:00 in cairo and cities across the arab world. friday is the muslim day of prayer but in recent months it has become a day of protest. a day of rage, as it has been called. today as well and the libyan capital where protesters are expected to gather on what is known as green square. to go out on the streets is to risk a dangerous confrontation with the forces that are still standing behind a colonel muammar gaddafi. in the east of the country, largely under the control of forces al
situation in libya and how the united states is trying to respond. we are monitoring developments from the white house and will bring it to you. but, first, from fox at 3:00, word of more blood shed in libya as they fight to push muammar qaddafi from power. it has been two weeks since libyans turned on him. he is responding with a campaign against his own people of murdering that has left thousands dead. that is according to local estimates. now the international community is stepping up pressure on colonel muammar qaddafi to set down sending aid to the refugees and freezing his assets and tightening sanctions against the regime. top officials say all openings are on the table as the pentagon announces they are repositioning united states military forces around libya. more on that in a minute but, first, this is happening on the ground. that is amateur vehicle showing people toppling a monument to muammar qaddafi. in a city here the border with tunisia where there are reports antimuammar qaddafi rebels have taken control. the opposition is growing today and organizing more thoroughly t
rationally, we can spare the blood, we can stand all together for the sake of libya. we have a rare and historical moment to create an extraordinary reform in libya with the least amount of harm and losses. because if it wasn't that, forget about democracy, forget about reform. we will go into a fierce violence that will be worse than iraq, worse that yugoslavia, it will be a fierce civil war. >> the unrest in libya began almost a week ago. the central government totally lost control of the city and it has been taken over by protesters. the situation there, very unstable. >> more victims are falling by the hour. the situation is very, very grim at the moment. what we have here can only be described as genocide. i have no other explanation than crimes against humanity. we plea to all of you to put the necessary pressure to stop what is taking place in benghazi. the government has kept control on communications and has not responded to cnn for access into the country. let's talk to fanula sweeney. where is the leader of libya, moammar gadhafi? why is his son making such an important a
? >> brooke, thanks very much. happening now. new reports of bombs and explosions rocking libya. the embattled leader moammar gadhafi desperately clinging to power as more government forces abandon his weakening regime and join the protesters. the pentagon puts gadhafi on alert, repositioning his naval and air forces to be ready for what it calls all options. his u.s. military action imminent in the region and the obama administration seizing the moment. now issuing an urgent new call for democracy in iran. could the government of ahmadinejad be the next to fall in the middle east? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a defiant moammar gadhafi is refusing to acknowledge any signs of political turmoil in his country. in interviews with the bbc and abc news reported today that gadhafi fiercely denied using force against his own people. >> they love me. all my people are with me. they love me owl. they will die to protect me and my people. no, no, no. >> if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and they say they are against you there? >> my people, they c
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